Louisiana Monroe Warhawks football team, play its games at the Malone Stadium, known commonly as “The Hawk”.
The venue was opened in 1977 and it underwent two renovations since then involving installing new scoreboards, high definition video screen and new sound systems. There are currently over 30000 seats available and the record for the most sold Louisiana Monroe Warhawks tickets was in September 2012 when the number reached 31175.
Basketball at Louisiana Monroe is played at Fant- Ewing Coliseum that opened in 1971 and it can accommodate over 7000 spectators. There is also a student only section, named the “ Hawk’s Nest” and it is mainly responsible for energising the players and other spectators.
Football program at Louisiana Monroe was created in 1931 and until 1951 it was competing as a junior college. Then the program moved to NAIA until 1974 and then the Indians (Warhawks came to existence in 2006) were competing at the I-AA divisions.
Basketball arrived to the university in 1951 and currently (including football program) the Warhawks are members of Sun Belt Conference, NCAA Division I (FBS for football).
The university colours are maroon and gold and since 2006, when the nickname had been changed to Warhawks, the university is represented by anthropomorphic hawk named Ace the Warhawk.
The Warhawks inactive rivalries are with Northwestern State Demons and Louisiana Tech Bulldogs both of them resulted in all- time record with more losses than wins for the university. Current rivals of the Warhawks are Arkansas State Red Warriors and Louisiana – Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns. The latter is quite a close rivalry with 24-26 all time record in favour of the Cajuns.
Football programs brought one national title, in 1987. The Warhawks also were five time conference champions and their last title was in 2005 as they won their current conference’s title.
The university played in four postseasons while they played in Division I-AA and their combined record is 5-3 including four wins in 1987 that led them to the title. Since joining Division I, the college went to one Bowl game where they lost to Ohio in Independence Bowl.
With not much big stage success for the Warhawks it’s not surprising not see masses of players having great NFL careers but there were some who left some mark in NFL after themselves including Super Bowl winners in Stan Humphries and Bubby Brister both having some records to their names.
Humphries, played quarterback for the Redskins and Chargers. His title ring came from playing for Redskins. He’s tied for longest pass play from scrimmage- 99 yards.
Brister, played for several teams and his two Super Bowl rings come from playing for the Broncos and he had the second longest touchdown run in Broncos history with 38 yards.
Lack of success in football didn’t translate for success in basketball as the programs accomplished only 7 NCAA tournament appearances and are yet to reach tournament phase since they have been part of their current conference.
The Warhawks were conference tournament champions 8 times with further 10 conference regular titles to their name. Their best period would be in the eighties and nineties but overall lack of big stage success resulted in lack of the Warkawks players among the NBA ranks.
Louisiana Monroe University isn’t a great place to thrive as a basketball or football player but with such short history of playing in Division I, the programs perhaps need a bit more exposure and experience on the national stage to perform better.